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Tube patching glue?
 

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April
Joined: 13 Dec 2003
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Location: Westchester/NYC

6/5/19 6:58 PM

Tube patching glue?

I asked at REI bike service department if they sell glues independent of the patch kits. (I typically donít patch at the road side, I patch them when I get home). I was told to I could get something similar at Walmartís shoe section!

While that makes some sense, Chemistry isnít my strong suit. Needless to say I havenít a clue which kind of glue would work closest to a typical tube patching glue.

Any suggestions?

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greglepore
Joined: 10 Jan 2004
Posts: 1674
Location: SE Pa, USA

6/6/19 6:35 AM

Simple. In the auto or bike section, large cans of rubber cement. Autozone has it as well

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Tom Price
Joined: 11 Jan 2004
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Location: Rochester, NY

6/6/19 9:18 AM

https://www.amazon.com/Slime-1050-Rubber-Cement-oz/dp/B003V9UU66/ref=sr_1_8?crid=3645FY2D5W6QT&keywords=rubber+cement&qid=1559833754&s=gateway&sprefix=Rubber+ce%2Caps%2C194&sr=8-8

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April
Joined: 13 Dec 2003
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Location: Westchester/NYC

6/6/19 12:12 PM

thanks

Rubber cement, of course (duh!)

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Brian Nystrom
Joined: 26 Jan 2004
Posts: 4551
Location: Nashua, NH

6/6/19 12:18 PM

Note that this is not the same kind of "rubber cement" that's commonly sold for gluing paper products. You need to get the stuff that's specifically for patching tubes, as shown in the link.

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KerryIrons
Joined: 12 Jan 2004
Posts: 3018
Location: Midland, MI

6/7/19 9:02 AM

Thin?

Is the auto store stuff thin enough for bicycle tubes? The thing I really like about the Rema rubber cement is that goes on as a thick enough layer but there is so much solvent that when it dries it leaves a very smooth and even glue layer. Thicker glues tend to glop (technical term) and leave lumps. But the Rema can doesn't seal that well and so after a couple of years, it thickens as the solvent evaporates. I usually have to toss it before it is half used up.

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Sparky
Joined: 08 Dec 2003
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Location: Portland, OR

6/7/19 10:18 AM

"But the Rema can doesn't seal that well and so after a couple of years, it thickens as the solvent evaporates. I usually have to toss it before it is half used up."


Glue the top on between uses? ;)

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Brian Nystrom
Joined: 26 Jan 2004
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Location: Nashua, NH

6/7/19 11:04 AM

The automotive glues seem to be the same as the bike-specific stuff. If the glue thickens, you can add rubber cement thinner (heptane) to get it back to the proper consistency. That said, I have a can of Monkey Grip glue that I bought at Pep Boys several years ago and it's still as good as new.

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Sparky
Joined: 08 Dec 2003
Posts: 17552
Location: Portland, OR

6/7/19 11:36 AM

With solvents, find a piece of plastic non soluble, and put it under the cap. The threads will lock it air tight. Use rubber bands or hair bands if non threaded lid.

Those butyl bands of tube material that come with tubes are useful as unlike 'rubber' bands that disintegrate in air [good when in landfill] they last a very long time.

@ 80-90.00 a gallon for my lacquers, and also what good latex paint cost these days, put plastic under the pain can lids on everything. extends life triple...

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KerryIrons
Joined: 12 Jan 2004
Posts: 3018
Location: Midland, MI

6/10/19 8:50 AM

Brush in lid

The can has a brush in the lid, so no chance for a sealer. The existing seal is metalized so it is reasonably solvent-tight. I'll look for the heptane to thin it back out. I've tried other solvents and they don't seem to work well.

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